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    Open - Files of Type: (XP)

    Someone asked me this question and I have no clue how to answer it....
    When you choose File/Open and and click on the arrow next to Files of Type: -- what is the difference between "Word Documents" and "All Documents"?

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    Re: Open - Files of Type: (XP)

    Word documents will display files to select only if their name ends in .doc

    All files will display all files regardless of their race or religion. This is the equal opportunity choice. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>
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    Re: Open - Files of Type: (XP)

    In Word 2000's File Open dialog, there is a list of file extensions in parentheses that identifies the meaning of these filters. Not sure how it looks in XP. As described in <!post=Post #148039,148039>Post #148039<!/post>, "all" Word documents includes files with .doc, .dot, .htm, .html, .url (?!) and .rtf extensions. Whether Word is the best editor for all of these types of documents is another matter. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Open - Files of Type: (XP)

    Here at my office, whenever someone comes screaming to me that the network ate a document, I make sure that they've selected "All Files (*.*). We still have many older files on our system that date from long before document extensions were automatically added to saved files. In fact, a lot of the older forms were originally WP 5.1 documents.

    Cleaning up those old document names is very, very low on my priority list. Of course, whenever I have occasion to use one of those old files, I resave it in a newer format which adds the doc extension, but I can't count on anyone else doing that kind of clean up. It's much easier to just make sure that the "All Files" selection is set.
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